05/05/15 5:25pm

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It’s time to get in gear and get your wheels rolling for Bike to School Day 2015!

As part of of National Bike Month, the annual Bike to School Day held each May (in 2015 – Wednesday, May 6) encourages students to bike or walk to school while teaching them about the health and environmental benefits of biking and walking. It also helps to raise community awareness about the importance of bicycle and pedestrian safety education, safe routes to schools, well-maintained walkways, and traffic calming in our neighborhoods and around our schools.

So, while you are out tomorrow during the day, be extra safe on the road and watch out for kids in Alexandria, Virginia who are biking or walking to and from school tomorrow.

For more information about this event, click this link.

05/05/15 4:48pm

Kerry Donley  Bill Euille  Allison Silberberg

UPDATE (5:42 PM): I have a family medical situation that has arisen and will not be at the event. Therefore NO LIVE BLOG tonight. My apologies.

Alexandria Democrats will go to the polls on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 to select their nominees for Mayor and Delegate for the 45th District, Virginia House of Delegates.

Tonight, the Mayoral candidates and other Democratic nominees will face off on the issues. In case you can’t make it to the event at Francis C. Hammond School in Alexandria, we’ll have a LIVE blog going promptly @ 6:45 PM. For more information about this year’s elections, visit this link.

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05/05/15 4:20pm

City of Alexandria logoVisit this link to learn more about the proposed Potomac Yard Metrorail station, including the cost and benefits of a new station, the City staff report (PDF) recommending build Alternative B, the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), and how residents can get more information and provide input.

05/05/15 2:25pm

Braddock Interim Open Space - Open!
The Braddock Metro Citizens’ Coalition (BMCC) and the City of Alexandria invite the public to an opening celebration for the new half-acre open space at 600 N. Henry St., next to the Wythe Street Post Office, on Saturday, May 9 from 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM. The event will include an informal ribbon cutting with special guests, demonstrations of park amenities, as well as games and snacks. The BMCC is also hosting voter registration throughout the event.

The interim open space provides community gathering areas, seating, joggle boards, a bocce ball court, horseshoe pits and a Ping-Pong table. A Bikeshare station is located along North Henry St. and bike racks are available in the plaza along Fayette St.

Equipment for these activities will be on a “bring-your-own” basis until loaner equipment is available for use. When activated, lights along the plaza on Fayette St. will allow use until 10 p.m. The remainder of the park is open from dawn to dusk.

For further details, including background information and long-term goals for the space, visit the Braddock Metro Neighborhood Plan Implementation project website.

ARE YOU REGISTERED TO VOTE? BMCC is hosting Voter Registration throughout the event.

(Red Brick Town Flickr Pool photo by DearEdward, on Flickr)

05/05/15 1:38pm

Pork Barrel BBQ
We will gladly post reader submissions like this ANYTIME and your help with celebrating life in Alexandria is ALWAYS appreciated. You can submit items about whatever topic you want to talk about in Alexandria – just please keep it clean. Simply contact me if you’d like to contribute and/or have something posted.

A reader writes in on a new, cheesy menu item that Mac & Cheese lovers like me can enjoy at Pork Barrel BBQ in Alexandria’s Del Ray neighborhood (for a limited time – possibly). Let us know below if 1) you tried it, and 2) what you thought of it.

Dear Red Brick Town,

I’m a long-time reader and finally have a great scoop for your site! Pork Barrel BBQ in Alexandria is featuring a crazy nacho creation I came up with a few weeks ago. It’s — wait for it — nachos with mac and cheese layered in! It is just as delicious as it sounds BUT Pork Barrel is only making these nachos available this week. If enough people order it though, it’ll become a permanent menu item.

I was hoping you could mention this amazing dish (called Scootchos, a kind of portmanteau of my name and nachos) so that everyone in the area can experience it for themselves. Thank you so much!

Yours in cheese,
John

05/05/15 12:50pm
Tourism Week - Alexandria 101 --2-- CREDIT Visit Alexandria

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Workshop Kicks Off National Travel & Tourism Week

Visit Alexandria celebrated National Travel & Tourism Week today with the launch of Alexandria 101, a free resource and tourism training for frontline staff throughout Alexandria that will include quarterly workshops and monthly one-on-one sessions to help businesses maximize revenue from tourism and provide visitors with extraordinary service.

The workshop at City Hall provided member businesses with an orientation to Alexandria history, its dining scene, top attractions and tours, hotels, parking and transportation information, and concluded with a walking tour of Old Town.

Visit Alexandria staff also presented an overview of the impact of the city’s tourism industry.

“Just look at the numbers. Travel supports 15 million jobs in America, including 6,000 jobs right here in Alexandria,” said Patricia Washington, president and CEO of Visit Alexandria. “With the launch of Alexandria 101, we’re celebrating what travel means to our community and helping local businesses to continue to provide visitors with an extraordinary experience, from the moment they book their trip to the time they check out of our hotels.”

Across Virginia, travel employs a diverse workforce, from airline and hotel employees to restaurant, attraction and retail workers, and supports industry sectors including construction, manufacturing and finance.

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